Dokkoon and baby take a little stroll

10 December 2013

Under the watchful eye of mum Dokkoon and big sister Mali, Melbourne Zoo’s new male elephant calf has ventured out for the second time.

Keepers were on hand to monitor the baby as he excitedly explored his new surroundings, eagerly following mum around the paddock.

After what keepers described as a textbook birth, Dokkoon appears very relaxed and is keeping a close eye on her second calf.

Like all new born babies, the male calf will need his sleep and we ask for everyone’s patience as he will be on display on a limited basis at first. At this stage, we expect there will be two viewings, one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon but these will be subject to change.

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In a first for the zoo, the baby elephant will be named by Zoo members from a selection of names chosen by the keepers that the will reflect the calf’s personality.

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Baby Viewing: Visitors can see the calf today in the Elephant Barn or in one of the paddocks. The little one still needs his rest and could be taken off display at short notice. Our keepers have asked to please be patient as we're expecting big crowds to Trail of the Elephants.